Think & Drink with Historian Stephanie Coontz

Join Oregon Humanities Thursday, July 10 for a Think & Drink conversation with historian Stephanie Coontz at McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St., Portland) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (doors at 5:00 p.m.). Minors allowed when accompanied by an adult. Think & Drink events are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves as director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of Marriage: A History, among other books.

The 2014 Think & Drink Portland series is supported by media sponsors, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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STITCH: an AIA Portland ideas Competition, I405 Capping

On May 16th 2014 the AIA Portland held an event at the Center for Architecture to announce the winners of the STITCH ideas competition. Over 40 submissions were received with a wide range of creative solutions to this urban problem. The jury shortlisted about 10 entries and from those selected three winners. The winners and shortlisted entries will be included in a book that will be sent to the City of Portland and other local agencies to hopefully inspire some ideas for future development. When this book is finished, it will be available for download. In general the Jury looked for concepts that were provocative, were graphically beautiful and somehow engaged the larger urban area beyond the borders of the singe site itself.

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Washington Park Transit Update

Washington Park TMA provided the following update on the happenings in the park:

Washington Park TMA hired Seasonal Customer Service Field Staff

  • Three seasonal customer service field staff will provide travel information and answer park visitors’ questions from Monday, June 2 through August 31, 2014.
  • Hours: 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm
  • Location: Staff will be located at the TriMet Kiosk by the Washington Park MAX station and at a mobile kiosk by the Rose Garden / Japanese Garden
  • Identification: Staff will wear uniforms (white shirts, black jackets, dark shorts) that were donated by Columbia Sportswear and will be labeled with “Washington Park,” as well as nametags. They will have radios with them.
  • The staff: All three staff are young women on college breaks and one staff is a native Spanish speaker.
  • Travel Portland will also provide volunteers to staff the TriMet kiosk.

TriMet Bus Bridge

  • TriMet is doing work to the Sunset Transit Center Max Platform and will need to run a bus bridge from Sunset to the Washington Park MAX station from September 3 – 16, 2014.
  • The bus bridge will run all hours that the trains run (approximately 4a – 12:30a on M-Th, 4a – 1:30a Friday – Saturday, 4a – 12:30a on Sunday).
  • TriMet will provide increased security at the Washington Park MAX station while the bus bridge is running
  • If needed, TriMet will provide “No Park and Ride” signs on the platform
  • TriMet will remove one of the unused blue booths in the south lot to help facilitate bus movement near the TriMet plaza. Please contact Karl MacNair at TriMet with any comments about the removal of the blue booth.

Trail Counters

  • The TMA is in the process of installing six trail counters
  • Counters have been installed with the help of Metro and PP&R
  • Data collected will be added to a database on Metro and THPRD trail usage and shared in a report in the fall

For any questions, contact Heather McCarey, Executive Director at Washington Park TMA, 503 416-2410 or visit

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Invasive Weed Tour on Skyline

The Skyline Ridge Neighbors invite you to join them in their annual Self-Guided Auto Tour of Skyline Invasive Weeds from the afternoon of May 31st to June 8th.


  1. To provide Skyline residents an opportunity to look closely at noxious weeds and weeds of concern that are thriving in our area, so that they can accurately identify the plants.
  2. To increase public awareness of just how prolific these plants are, just how effective they are in out-competing with beautiful native plants, and how injurious they can be to agriculture, wildlife, and our native habitat.
  3. To provide the public with web resources addressing the most effective methods of managing and controlling these plants.
  4. To reduce needless, good intended, but ineffective hard labor or ineffective herbicide use in attempts to control these problematic plants and efforts with effective best practices methods (BPMs).


  1. Start at intersection of Skyline & Cornelius Pass Rd.
  2. Left onto Old Cornelius Pass Rd.
  3. Bear straight onto Rock Creek Road
  4. Turn left onto Skyline Blvd.
  5. Turn left onto Elliott Rd.
  6. Turn left back onto Rock Creek Rd. (repeating a short section of the tour)
  7.  Turn right onto Skyline Blvd.
  8. Return to starting point at Skyline and Cornelius Pass Rd intersection.


There are 3 locations you can find “Common Skyline Noxious Weeds & Weeds of Concern”, an informational sheet providing a selected list of invasive weeds and excellent web resources with plant description, impact, and control methods.

  1. at Plainview Grocery Store (red building at corner of Skyline & Cornelius Pass Road)
  2. at Skyline Grange in container at front door (11275 NW Skyline Blvd)
  3. at<>, under “Weeds & Pests”, click onto “Control of Skyline Area Invasive Weeds”.

For more information, contact the Skyline Ridge Runners, 503 621-3501

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What’s Next for the Couch Park Play Area?

The play structure in Couch Park was removed after it was determined it was no longer safe. Are the ways the community can mitigate the loss of the play structure? Please join Commissioner Fritz and staff from Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Public Schools for a community conversation about this. All are welcome! Please come and share your thoughts and ideas!

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC) School Auditorium, 2033 NW Glisan Street (Next to Couch Park)

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Urban Forestry: Tree Inventory Update

30,000 trees. 9 neighborhoods.
We need you!

This summer PP&R Urban Forestry will partner with neighborhood tree teams to complete street tree inventories in nine communities! This is a monumental undertaking and we need many volunteers to help us collect and process data on an estimated 30,000 street trees. Volunteers are needed in the following roles: team leaders, data collectors, data entry, arborists, and tree team members.

2014 inventory neighborhoods include Boise-Eliot, Cully, Foster-Powell, Kerns, Laurelhurst, South Tabor, Sullivan’s Gulch, and West Portland Park.

For more details on volunteer opportunities and the project, or to register for a training, visit their website.

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Repair Cafe at Mercy Corps

You are invited to join RepairPDX and MercyCorps on Thursday, June 12th at a Repair Cafe at the MercyCorps global headquarters, 45 SW Ankeny St.  Bring your broken items and volunteers will be on hand to provide FREE:

  • Sewing/Mending
  • Small Appliance Repair
  • Electronics Repair
  • Bike Repair

Fore more information, visit RepairPDX online or email them.

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Siting a Beverage Container Redemption Facility at 17th & Burnside?

OREGON BEVERAGE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE (OBRC) has applied for approval as a  Beverage Container Redemption Center at 1710 W Burnside St., Portland, OR The applicant  proposes to provide beverage container redemption services for the following stores:

  • Fred Meyer #360, 100 NW 20th Pl., Portland
  • Safeway #2448, 1030 SW Jefferson St., Portland
  • Safeway #2790, 1303 NW Lovejoy St., Portland

If the application is approved by OLCC, the redemption center will provide redemption services for bottles, cans and other containers that are subject to an Oregon bottle deposit. Redemption services include accepting returnable cans and bottles and other containers and paying the bottle return fee. This center will accept containers that are subject to the Oregon 5-cent deposit, even if the containers were purchased at other Oregon stores. If approved, the stores listed above will no longer accept returnable containers.

The OLCC will approve a redemption center if it will provide a convenient service to consumers for the return of empty beverage containers. The applicant proposes to be open seven days per week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the summer, and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm during the rest of the year. The center proposes to accept up to 350 containers per person per day and to make special arrangements to accept larger quantities from fundraiser and donation accounts.

If approved, the redemption center is anticipated to open late August 2014. As part of our application process, we are posting this public notice. You can view a copy of the redemption center application online at

To provide feedback about this application, e-mail Kelly Routt. Please identify the store(s) used to redeem your containers. You can also send your comments to OLCC, attn: Kelly Routt, P.O. Box 22297, Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297.

Date of Notice: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Respond by: Monday, June 9, 2014

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TriMet Proposes Youth Fare Reduction, Feedback Sought

TriMet is proposing to reduce its youth fares to lower costs for schools and all young people in the tri-county region to make transit more affordable. The agency is proposing to reduce the single-ride ticket by 40 cents, from $1.65 to $1.25, and reduce the monthly pass by $2, from $30 to $28. Youth fares are for those between the ages of 7 and 17. They are looking for feedback on this proposal.

PPS Program: Additionally, all 12,600 Portland Public School District (PPS) high school students will receive free transit passes for the coming school year under the Student Pass Program. PPS is the only school district in the metro region that does not provide yellow bus  service to high school students, and is the only district that TriMet provides a discounted fare program.

For the past two years, the City of Portland, PPS and TriMet have shared the cost of the PPS Student Pass Program, which costs about $3 million. TriMet will reduce its contribution to the PPS in the form of reduced fare revenue of $634,000. That reduction, along with reducing the cost of the Youth fares and using $140,000 from uncommitted funds from the agency’s Low Income Mitigation fund means that the reduction in Youth fares will have no financial impact on TriMet’s budget. In previous years, state funding covered the cost of the PPS program, but is no longer available.

For more information about School Pass Programs, contact Tom Strader, (503 962-6424) who coordinates TriMet’s Fare Programs. Feedback on this proposal also can be sent to:

  • Phone: 503-238-RIDE (7433)
  • Email:
  • Mail: TriMet Public Affairs, 1800 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201
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Fact & Fiction: Carprowls & Keyless Entry Systems

Most people are aware of the inherent risks of leaving property or valuables inside an unattended vehicle. A locked car is about as secure as a using the word “password” as your computer password. Leaving any property in plain view is a red carpet invitation for a thief to break a window and steal that camera, laptop, purse, or gym bag. But thieves are beginning to use a different method to steal property from cars.

There is a lot of urban legend surrounding a device thieves are using which defeats the keyless entry system of some modern vehicles. An Internet search reveals a host of theories, conspiracies, and grainy video. Though police investigations continue, let’s try to sort truth from fiction:


  • The device does not capture the signal between the keyfob and vehicle, allowing the would-be thief to clone the car remote and gain access.
  • The device is unlikely to jam the lock signal, allowing the would-be thief to gain access to a car believed to be locked.
  • The device does not work on all cars, regardless of make, model and year.


  • The device is hand-held and deployed through either close proximity or touching the target vehicle.
  • The device appears to exploit a weakness in the factory alarm system, fooling the vehicle into unlocking its own doors.
  • The device allows the thieves to gain access to certain makes, models, and years of cars. A vehicle pattern has not yet been established but newer model cars may not be immune.

What does this mean for vehicle owners?

Historically, thieves looking to steal property from cars would first check the interior, looking for a potential item of interest worth smashing the window and taking. With the device in hand, the thief simply walks down the street, entering any vehicle which responds to the unlock signal.

The most effective method to prevent loss of valuables and property is leaving your vehicle showroom clean. If you must leave valuables inside a vehicle, place those items in the trunk and disable the internal trunk release. Though not a perfect solution, this is the best deterrent at this time.

Finally, if you believe you’ve been a car prowl victim, please report that crime to the police. This will allow our investigations to more accurately track and potentially solve these sorts of crimes.

An important note for owners who believe their car was entered (even if nothing was stolen): the device may cause residual electrical or computer problems. Owners are encouraged to contact their local vehicle service department for additional diagnostics/evaluation.

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